Hellish God – The Evil Emanations (Death Metal)


Have to start with saying Hellish God is such a good name for the band. Because this is fast paced heavy death metal in the veins of Krisiun, Malevolent Creation and Deicide. Which you know is good stuff. The intro builds up with some nice piano which then unleash the Hellish God on Qlipoth. The album never really stops either. It offers 30 minutes of pure death metal of the more brutal kind. There are definitely a few songs I like more than others though. With The Hindering Ones and Tagimron is Summoned being the two tracks that’s been played the most after the first listen. The Evil Emanations is a solid debut full-length from Hellish God which is a great follow-up to their EP Impure Spiritual Forces.

Having members from Antropofagus, Imposer and Mindful of Pripyat have surely helped this band as you can tell it’s experienced musicians at work. This also marks the first time I listen to a concept album focused on Qlipoth, metaphorical shells which represent evil spiritual forces in the Jewish mysticism. Now that’s evil.

Label: Everlasting Spew Records
For fans of: Malevolent Creation and Krisiun
Release date: January 8th, 2018
Favorite song: The Hindering Ones
Score: 3/5


Thousand Eyes – Day of Salvation (Melodic Death Metal)


Isn’t melodeath lovely? There are few subgenres that I like as much as melodic death metal. Maybe it’s due to me being Swedish and it’s in my blood and bands such as In Flames, Sonic Syndicate, At the Gates etc got me into the whole metal scene. I don’t know but something in me makes me go bananas when melodeath is on. So what about Thousand Eyes? Actually I’d never heard about the band before I visited Tokyo last year. After getting to know a fellow metalhead he invited me to his home to grab some beers and listen to music. There he presented Thousand Eyes to me, a Japanese band who prior this album had released two albums named Bloody Empire and Endless Nightmare. After hearing some from both albums (while I shared some Swedish death metal obviously his way) I got hooked. It’s nothing original but as I said before, melodeath is in my blood and when it’s done well I am not one to complain.

Thousand Eyes offer the listener a lot of energy, aggression and class riffs. Granted I think there are a few too many on the album as it almost becomes a power metal album in that sense. Too much melodic too little death metal if you get what I mean. I know Thousand Eye’s guitarist Kouta both write and produce the albums so it’s not strange there is a lot of emphasis on the guitars, which I am sure their fan base love mind you. Each to their own I guess but there can be too much of the sweets in my opinion. Like a Soilwork, Disarmonia Mundi (I think the singer sounds quite a bit like Björn Strid actually) and Mors Principium Est mix. At times there are almost a bit of thrash elements to it as well.

All in all this is a well produced album, production have become a lot better since Blood Empire in my opinion, that a lot of melodic death metal fans will devour and enjoy. Compared to what I’ve heard coming this year from giants like At the Gates they are a few numbers short though. Thousand Eyes continues fine-tuning their sound and even though I don’t agree with the direction they are going 100% it’s still a good album that will please their fans.

Label: Bloody Empire
For fans of: Soilwork and Mors Principium Est
Release date: February 21st, 2018
Favorite song: Day of Salvation
Score: 3/5

Necrophobic – Mark of the Necrogram (Death/Black Metal)


What’s that sound? It’s the sound of a black metal tank coming in full speed. I’m not going to lie Necrophobic has been one of my favorite bands last years (I honestly didn’t listen to them much until a couple years ago) and Mark of the Necrogram was my most anticipated album for 2018. Thing is with having really high hopes it can crush your expectations completely leaving you unsatisfied and probably give the album more backlash than it might deserve (as I did with Origins album last year). However with the case of Necrophobic and Mark of the Necrogram it’s done something hardly any albums do. They live up to my high expectations and more! Hell here I am halfway into the album when I start writing this and I am ready to say this is the best album Necrophobic ever released. I will let that one sink in for me a bit first though since this album needs to grow on me a few months, let the hype die down a bit, before I go and say something crazy like that. Because you know what? Necrophobic got a discography worth dying for. Their full-length debut The Nocturnal Silence is considered one of the best extreme metal albums ever and even their “weaker” (I still think they freaking rocks) albums such as Womb of Lilithu and Bloodhymns would demand huge sacrifices to pull off.

From the self-titled opening track Mark of the Necrogram to Undergången this album never stops delivering. Be it guitar riffs, blasting drums or Anders incredible vocals nothing is left to chance as they all perform as if possessed throughout. This is almost 50 minutes of pure dark magic. I just need to add that the news of Unanimated making a return and releasing a new album later this year is the only album within the black/death mixed realm I can see being as good as this. That’s a big maybe too as I got no clue how well Unanimated will perform in 2018. We are only two months into this year but I hereby set my first perfect score of the year. This one will be hard to beat and we already got a strong candidate for album of the year. Hell I am quite sure Mark of the Necrogram will be an album the metal community talks about years from now. Sweden are off to one of the best black metal starts ever with Watain, Tribulation and now Necrophobic putting out some of their best releases ever. The black king that is Necrophobic is back and there will be no prisoners.

Label: Century Media Records
For fans of: Dissection and Unanimated
Release date: February 23rd, 2018
Favorite song: Tsar Bomba
Score: 5/5

Ataraxy – Where All Hope Fades (Death/Doom Metal)


The album title Where All Hope Fades really capture the sound of Ataraxy. Their death-doom mix is one gruesome experience that brings horror along with every hammering bass rhythm or when the deadly vocals kicks in. This is an album fans of Hooded Menace, Krypts and Undergang will enjoy listening to. One Last Certainty and the epic dirty sounding finisher The Blackness of Eternal Night are the two tracks I will take with me from this album as they superb. What brings the score down a bit is the fact I think the other four tracks don’t have the same bludgeoning force in them. Still a good album but it could be even better in my opinion. There is something dark brewing from Ataraxy though and I am sure they will only get better and better.

Label: Dark Descent Records
For fans of: Krypts and Undergang
Release date: February 16th 2018
Favorite song: The Blackness of Eternal Night
Score: 3/5

Auðn – Farvegir Fyrndar (Atmospheric Black Metal)


I have a problem dear readers. I missed my chance to see Auðn live in Copenhagen about a month ago. It’s even more of a problem because when listening to Farvegir Fyrndar I get mad at myself for not going. Farvegir Fyrndar is a great album, as one could expect from the Icelandic band from their awesome self-titled debut only a few years ago. Auðn’s raw yet balanced mix of black metal is haunting and captures the listener. It’s got everything you look for in an atmospheric black metal album really. It’s in all honesty hard to beat their debut album since that is one of the best atmospheric black metal albums released these past five years. I think Farvegir Fyrndar is just as good though. They got for the same path as they did with the first album but why shouldn’t they? I thought the same way on Harakiri For The Sky’s latest album Arson. If it aint broke don’t fix it. They are only two albums in as well so there is no need to, they can just fine tune some things here and there to carve thei way upwards the black metal hierarchy.

Auðn are proving to be one of the best Icelandic metal bands out there by now and if you haven’t heard them before then now is the time. A great sophomore album and I can’t see Auðn slowing down either.

Label: Season of Mist
For fans of: Winterfylleth and Dynfari
Release date: November 10th, 2017
Favorite song: Eilífar nætur
Score: 4/5

Magoth – Anti Terrestrial Black Metal (Black Metal)


Germany might not be most known for their black metal scene (even though they sure as hell got one) but more for their powermetal and thrash scenes. However with bands like Thulcandra, Nargaroth, Endstille, Falkenbach (I know they are mainly viking/pagan) and Dark Fortress leading the way it’s always worth looking out what the scene got cooking. And guess what? There is a new band to follow from Germany with their aggressive onslaught of black metal. Magoth is a name you better keep in your memory as their debut Anti Terrestrial Black Metal is one of the best black metal debuts I’ve heard since starting this blog.

That being said I am a huge Dark Funeral fan and you know what? This album sounds a lot like the early Dark Funeral albums. I am a simple man at times. Music doesn’t have to be groundbreaking for me to like it, it just needs to sound good. Sometimes maybe even, depending on my mood, sound like an influence from one of my favorite bands. Other than that I hear Nazghor, Nordjevel and Rimfrost at times. All of this is some really good stuff in my world. These are bands known for producing quality black metal so there is definitely worse bands Magoth could take after.

All in all this is a superb album right up my alley. I’ve come to listen through this album time and time again since I first heard it and that’s a quality stamp for me. Anti Terrestrial Black Metal is a wicked debut album but I am sure some will slate it for being too unoriginal. I am not one of those people though, I love what I hear and I want more of it.

Label: Independent
For fans of: Dark Funeral and Rimfrost
Release date: June 30th, 2017
Favorite song: Metal Fortress
Score: 4/5

Vvilderness – Devour the Sun (Post-Black Metal)


I found this gem in my youtube feed the other day. I haven’t listened to an post-black metal album for quite some time but damn did Vvilderness make me want to have a long session with only class atmospheric music. Because that’s what their album Devour the Sun offers. Class atmospheric post-black metal. Only thing keeping this album from hitting the higher ratings is the fact I think the start lacks a bit compared to the second half, which is just superb. New Earth and Aftershine brings you 18 minutes of some of the best atmospheric music I’ve heard in a really long time. Bringing post-black, atmospheric music and folk elements together into one entity is not entirely new but Vvilderness does it well and Devour the Sun is an album from late 2017 you might have missed, like me, but shouldn’t have. Fans of Harakiri For The Sky and Alcest will do well to check this one out.

Label: Independent
For fans of: Harakiri For The Sky and Alcest
Release date: 6 November 2017
Favorite song: New Earth
Score: 4/5